Thursday, January 17, 2019

Centennial Memory 67: Crusade Chapter Institutes Syracuse Chapter

To celebrate the DeMolay Centennial, PA DeMolay will be counting down 100 memories worth celebrating that took place within the DeMolay Chapters and Jurisdiction of Pennsylvania.

I mentioned in the past that Chapters love to travel. It's one of the things that helps bring DeMolay brothers together, even if the traveling takes place beyond state borders.

Crusade Chapter made the March/April edition of the DeMolay Cordon because they sent a team to institute a new Chapter. Syracuse Chapter was instituted by Crusade Chapter on February 23rd, 1924. As the article suggests, the Chapter was very large at the time, and had several organizations within the Chapter. Crusade Chapter had more than 500 members in their Chapter and were very eager to share the brotherhood that is found in DeMolay.



Until next time - "Dad" Joe Pullin

Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Centennial Memory #68: Auvergne Priory

To celebrate the DeMolay Centennial, PA DeMolay will be counting down 100 memories worth celebrating that took place within the DeMolay Chapters and Jurisdiction of Pennsylvania.

As announced at Convention, PA DeMolay is taking another run at DeMolay Knighthood, otherwise known as Priory. Knighthood is for young men from the ages of 17 to 21. It is a subordinate body within DeMolay, helping support the Order of DeMolay in it's Jurisdiction.

In the early part of the 1980's, PA DeMolay made an attempt at Knighthood with the Auvergne Priory. The organizational meetings took place in March of 1983, with the official institution of Auvergne Priory taking place on October 29, 1983 at the Scottish Rite Cathedral in Harrisburg. The forming of the Priory was put together by "Dad" Charles S. Canning, and Advisor of Allentown Chapter and, at the time, Very Eminent Deputy Grand Commander for the Grand Commandery of Knights Templar.

You may remember the name Auvergne, as the part of Geoffrey de Charny was previously known as Guy of Auvergne. Auvergne, or de Charny, stood at the side of Jacques DeMolay even unto death. This name was taken for the Knighthood Priory to demonstrate that they would stand at the side of Pennsylvania DeMolay even upon the roughest of times. At least that is the reason that was given. As explained by "Dad" Allen Moyer, who was an Advisor for the Auvergne Priory throughout its existence, the secondary reason was because the letter "A" would put Auvergne Priory at the priority of any publicized listing, allowing them to be seen first. Here are some documents from the forming of the priory, including a picture of the first group.





Until next time - "Dad" Joe Pullin


Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Centennial memory #69: DeMolay Hodegos Recipients

To celebrate the DeMolay Centennial, PA DeMolay will be counting down 100 memories worth celebrating that took place within the DeMolay Chapters and Jurisdiction of Pennsylvania.

The Hodegos Award is a unique award that is given out by the Grand Lodge of Pennsylvania through the Pennsylvania Masonic Youth Foundation. The award recognizes no more than two adult leaders per year for each of the three Masonic Youth Groups in Pennsylvania; DeMolay, Rainbow, and Job's Daughters. Letters of recommendation are accompanied with an application and submitted to the Masonic Youth Foundation Office. A committee votes and determines who has earned the award for the year.


Many well deserving adult leaders have earned the Hodegos Award since it was founded in 2005. Here is a list of all of the DeMolay recipients:

Italics - Inaugural Class
* - Deceased

2005: David W. Berry
2005: * Robert L. Engel
2005: William M. Glose, III
2005: Joseph C. Preletz
2005: Thomas R. Labagh
2005: Samuel C. Williamson
2006: * H. Wesley Baker
2006: Richard N. Fitzsimmons
2007: Rodney E. Boyce
2007: Rick S. Freedman
2008: John J. Colaianne
2008: Curtis R. Rauschenberger
2009: Christopher H. Tecklenberg
2009: * Robert A. Weinberger
2010: J. Michael Larkin
2010: Debra J. (Setnar) Vanek
2011: Douglas R. Harms
2011: Jeanine M. Larkin
2012: Jay W. Smith
2013: * Patricia M. Palo
2013: Gregory M. Schaeffer
2014: Eric B. Blew
2015: Donnie G. Boyer
2015: Dennis J. Morse
2016: Jean M. Richards
2017: Raymond W. Gottschall, III
2018: Seth C. Anthony
2018: Linda J. Pullin

For a complete list of all recipients from each of the youth groups, visit www.pmyf.org.

Until next time - "Dad" Joe Pullin

Monday, January 14, 2019

Centennial Memory #70: Addition of Squires

To celebrate the DeMolay Centennial, PA DeMolay will be counting down 100 memories worth celebrating that took place within the DeMolay Chapters and Jurisdiction of Pennsylvania.

Today's memory is a recent one, as the program has only been active in Pennsylvania for close to two years. The Squires program has proven to be a success in Pennsylvania, as there are currently five open manors across Pennsylvania, with more still to come. The active Manors are Liberty Manor out of Northeast Chapter, Carlisle Manor out of Carlisle Chapter, William C. Graham Manor out of Lorraine Chapter, Bayse Newcomb No. 506 out of Friendship-Bray Chapter, and King Arthur Manor out of Allentown Chapter.

The Squires program is designed as a "Pre-DeMolay program" for young men between the ages of 9 and 11. The Squires hold their own meetings, host activities, and elect their own officers. A member of the DeMolay Chapter is chosen as the Squire Mentor, to assist the Squires in their efforts and serve as a role model for when they transition into DeMolay. The complete story of Squires in Pennsylvania is still unwritten, and we look forward to seeing the growth of the program.










Until next time - "Dad" Joe Pullin

Sunday, January 13, 2019

Centennial Memory #71: FBC Temple of Doom

To celebrate the DeMolay Centennial, PA DeMolay will be counting down 100 memories worth celebrating that took place within the DeMolay Chapters and Jurisdiction of Pennsylvania.

Successful DeMolay programs usually involve a lot of creativity. Make the program that best suits the group of guys in your Chapter and their interests. One of the creative events that was popular in Friendship-Bray Chapter's history was the Temple of Doom event. The Temple of Doom was a haunted house, held in the basement of the Jenkintown Masonic Temple, the home of Friendship-Bray Chapter. It was just as much of a social activity as it was a fundraiser for the Chapter. DeMolay members dressed in their best Halloween makeup and costumes to scare customers as they came in to the Temple. The basement had a few different rooms to it, which allowed the planning of several stages to the haunted house. Each year was different, it was set up the way the guys designed it. I only had the chance to participate once, and I had a lot of fun with this. Participants also seemed impressed and very enthused with the detail that went into the event. Here are some photos from the various Temple of Doom events.














Saturday, January 12, 2019

Centennial Memory #72: Operation N.A.S.H.V.I.L.L.E.

To celebrate the DeMolay Centennial, PA DeMolay will be counting down 100 memories worth celebrating that took place within the DeMolay Chapters and Jurisdiction of Pennsylvania.

In 2016, PA DeMolay was under the mentality of "Being Different." One thing that helped us in this adventure was the passion that the young men had for NERF guns and equipment. The state officers decided to capitalize on this momentum by creating the first ever all NERF weekend. The event was called Operation N.A.S.H.V.I.L.L.E. Weekend (I still don't know what the letters stand for, please ask Jake Beers when you see him.)

The members of PA DeMolay were split into four teams, and a schedule of games was created for the members to know when their games were. Teams that did not have a game attended workshops, such as Decision Making, Lessons on Leadership, Importance of Teamwork, and even an obstacle course. In the end, the Green team won the tournament and became the recipient of the golden dart. Although the members were at war during parts of the day, brotherhood played a major role in the success of this weekend. Check out some of the photos of this great weekend.
















Until next time - 

Friday, January 11, 2019

Centennial Memory #73: Volleyball Tournaments

To celebrate the DeMolay Centennial, PA DeMolay will be counting down 100 memories worth celebrating that took place within the DeMolay Chapters and Jurisdiction of Pennsylvania.

Sports activity can be an important part of a young man's workout routine. Competitive sports allow members to build teamwork, communication, and trust. PA DeMolay had four major sports tournaments throughout the years, but the one that will be the topic of today's post will be the tournament that traditionally took place during this weekend, the Volleyball Tournament.

The sports tournaments were double elimination style and Chapter's had the chance to form a team with the members of their own Chapter. Some Chapters reached out to other Chapters to form a team if they could not field one for themselves. Either way, brotherhood existed throughout friendly competition. Here are the first place teams during the run:


1989: Elizabethtown
1990: Somerton
1991: Somerton
1992: No Tournament
1993: Reading
1994: Reading
1995: Elizabethtown
1996: Elizabethtown
1997: No Tournament
1998: Reading
1999: Reading
2000: Reading
2001: Elizabethtown
2002: Elizabethtown
2003: Somerton
2004: Reading
2005: Reading
2006: Elizabethtown
2007: Elizabethtown
2008: Lorraine
2009: Elizabethtown
2010: Lorraine
2011: Pilgrim
2012: Lorraine
2013: Pilgrim
2014: Elizabethtown
2015: Carlisle

Check out some of the great photos from the years of the Volleyball Tournament.






















Until next time - "Dad" Joe Pullin